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Charlie Schlenker

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GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Green Top Grocery has hired a new general manager as the Co-op continues its turnaround effort. The board of the grocery that puts an emphasis on locally produced food has hired Christa Kramer.

Digital Age Accelerates Cultural Globalization

Jul 17, 2018
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The digital age has aided globalization of popular culture, according to Illinois State University professor Lane Crothers

Kids high-five each other on the soccer field
Illinois Fusion Soccer Club

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday there is a second potential developer of a sports complex. He declined to say specifically who.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The McLean County Board decided Tuesday to put two advisory referenda on the fall ballot.

Helsinki Summit
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

President Donald Trump has been taking heat from both sides of the aisle following his news conference in Helsinki on Monday in which he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Two girls speak to the Normal Town Council
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Town of Normal ended its fiscal year June 30, with reserves down by $1.8 million.

Lincoln's Festival

It's the Illinois bicentennial, and as a result the 10th year of Lincoln's Festival in Bloomington-Normal will be richer and more nuanced, according to organizer Barb Adams and grant writer Marcia Young.

City council members at a dais in the Center for the Performing Arts.
Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy said he regrets cancellation of the special meeting last week to deal with a new version of a Welcoming City ordinance.

A combine harvesting a field of soybeans
United Soybean Board / Flickr

The Illinois Farm Bureau is calling for the Trump administration to go to the bargaining table with China over tariffs.

Alex Brandon / AP

For all his lengthy record as a federal judge, the new Supreme Court nominee might still be a mystery on social issues.

WGLT Staff

The Town of Normal's new city engineer is the assistant engineer in Bloomington.

Picture of Shawndel Wright
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police have arrested two people on gun and counterfeiting charges.

A bluegrass band performs on ISU's quad
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Concerts on the Quad have been filling pleasant summer Mondays since the 1980s at Illinois State University.

A studio picture of storyteller Brenda Huber
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Fourth of July holiday is all about mom and apple pie, as well as the nation's founding. Here is a different story of motherhood.

Cindy Le / WGLT

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

UPDATED 3:40 p.m. | The Normal Town Council passed an ordinance Monday requiring apartments and other multifamily residences to provide recycling options starting in August 2019.

Staff / WGLT

The head of the United Way of McLean County said distributions to social service programs this year will be down about down about $260,000. This is also the end of a three-year funding cycle under which agencies were supposed to receive a set amount, said United Way CEO David Taylor.

Candles and photos mark a memorial for one of the victims of the June 10th shootings of four people on Orchard Road in Bloomington.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Not In Our Town movement and United Way of McLean County said seven recent killings in the Twin Cities make it appear youths are in crisis in the community.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The West Bloomington Revitalization Project is celebrating a decade of making life better for people.

restaurant compost
Charles Krupa / AP

McLean County is well behind the goal it has set for composting commercial food waste.

A biulding cordoned off with yellow tape and police officers standing outside.
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Authorities have identified the three people shot to death at 311 Riley Drive in Bloomington Monday afternoon.

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Leaders in Normal said they hope new stream bank management practices approved by the council will encourage other entities to adopt the same methods to prevent erosion and create buffer zones of natural foliage.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Three men were killed and a toddler was critically injured Monday in a shooting at an apartment building on Riley Drive in Bloomington. There have now been seven fatal shootings in Bloomington-Normal in less than two months.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Tim Gleason from Decatur has been named Bloomington’s next city manager.

Bloomington Police

A 24-year-old Rantoul man appeared in McLean County court Thursday to face drug-induced homicide charges in a Bloomington overdose.

Three people posed in an art gallery
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

A crowd of mourners of all ages.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Friends and neighbors of two slain young people in Bloomington said they just do not understand how it came to this.

Bloomington police said they found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds overnight Sunday.

After reports of multiple gunshots about 1:09 a.m., officers went to the area of 1221 Orchard Street and found the victims. Two other people had also been shot. Officers said they had non-life threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos said State Farm's recent job restructuring will likely have its biggest impact locally on home values.

Dietz Pleased With State Budget

Jun 4, 2018
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The new state budget includes $1.3 million in additional money for Illinois State University.

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